Andi Gordon, PT, MPT, MS
Hi, I’m Andi Gordon. I am originally from Rhode Island, and moved to Jackson, WY in 1989. After 6 years of working on my recreational skills, I went to the University of Utah and graduated with a Masters degrees in Physical Therapy in 2000. I then returned to the valley and worked as a physical therapist in both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic and rural physical therapy environments. In 2004, I moved to Spokane, Washington to specialize in Motion Analysis. I worked at Shriners Hospitals for Children in the Movement Analysis Laboratory analyzing how children walk using a variety of high-tech and low-tech tools and equipment (video analysis, physical exam, 3D infrared camera data collection, electromyography, energy expenditure, foot pressure analysis). The quantitative data collected during the evaluation assisted us in making treatment decisions and conducting research. As part of the mission we also engaged in teaching medical residents, ancillary personnel, students and the general public.
I continue to have a special interest in movement analysis to improve function whether you are a recreationalist, returning to activities of daily living or professional sports. Restoration of movement dysfunction requires synthesis of multiple physical therapy evaluative and treatment skills in order to improve quality of life. I have taken numerous continuing education classes over the years and won’t stop learning.
I am skilled in:
- General orthopedic evaluation of musculoskeletal and neurological issues
- Sports physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Evaluation and treatment of movement
- Gait (walking)
- Cycling (will work with bike-fitters)
- Lower extremity injuries – hip, knee, ankle/foot
- Total joint replacements
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Low back pain
- Manual Therapy: muscle and joint mobilization, muscle energy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
- Dry Needling
- Therapeutic and functional exercise prescription
- Patient education
- Evaluation of children with cerebral palsy
Enjoying a beautiful day in the valley
I am a member of the Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis Society and hold an MS degree in Environmental Health from Harvard University. I am interested in individual and community well-being. I volunteer at Hole Food Rescue and I am a Pathways Taskforce Board Member. I love being in the mountains – biking (mountain, road or on pathways to work), skiing, walking my dog with my husband. The city is great too – I enjoy traveling to new and old places, big and small. I am also fully capable of sitting on the couch, reading a book, watching a movie or just listening to music.
A physical therapy thought: We are all just temporarily able-bodied. Just breathe, you can get through it – maybe better, maybe the same, maybe a little different than before.
- McMulkin ML, Gordon A.B., Genung S., Huck M., Caskey P.M., and Baird G.O. (2017). Prevalence of associated diagnoses in children who present with toe walking. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research, 2(1), 1-3.
- McMulkin ML,Gordon A.B., Tompkins BJ, Caskey PM, and Baird GO (2016). Long-term gait outcomes of surgically treated idiopathic toe walkers. Gait and Posture, 44, 216-220.
- McMulkin, M.L., Gordon, A.B., Caskey, P.M., Tompkins, B.J., Baird, G.O. (2016). Outcomes of orthopedic surgery with and without an external femoral derotational osteotomy in children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 36(4), 382-386.
- Koehler, D., Bertocci, B., Buonocore, J., Donovan, P., Gordon, A., Kunreuther, H. (2016). Climate change: A risk to the global middle class – Exposure, vulnerability & economic impact. A UBS and Society Report. 1-60.
- Caskey PM, McMulkin ML, Gordon A.B., Posner MA, Baird GO, and Tompkins BJ (2014). Gait outcomes of patients with severe slipped capital femoral epiphysis following treatment by flexion-rotation osteotomy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. 34(7). 668-673.
- Scully, W, McMulkin, M, Baird, G, Gordon, A, Tompkins, B, Caskey, P. (2013). Outcomes of Rectus Femoris Transfers in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Effect of Transfer Site. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 33(3), 303-308.
- Gordon, A, McMulkin, M, Tompkins, B, Caskey, P, Baird, G. (2013). Gait Findings of the Adolescent Subject with a Stiff Hip. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. 33(2), 139-144.
- Gordon, A, McMulkin, M, Baird, G (2011). Goal attainment scale outcomes for ambulatory children: with and without orthopedic surgery. Gait and Posture, 33, 77-82.
- McMulkin, M.L., Gordon, A.B. (2009). Best Paper Award from GCMAS conference. The effect of static standing posture on dynamic walking kinematics: Comparison of a thigh wand versus a patella marker. Gait and Posture, 30(3), 375-378.
- McMulkin, M.L., Gordon, A.B., Caskey, P.M., Ferguson, R.L., Baird, G.O. (2008). Range of motion measures under anesthesia compared to clinical measures for children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics – British, 17(6), 277-280.
- Gordon, A.B., Baird, G.O., McMulkin, M.L., Caskey, P.M., Ferguson, R.L. (2008). Gait analysis outcomes of percutaneous medial hamstring lengthenings in children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 28(3), 324-329.
- McMulkin, M.L., Baird, G.O., Gordon, A.B., Caskey, P.M., Ferguson, R.L. (2007). The pediatric outcomes data collection instrument detects improvements for children with ambulatory cerebral palsy following orthopedic intervention. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 27(1), 1-6.